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May 15, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(3):299. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690210077017

Medieval Skeletons of Persons with Leprosy.  —The Danish Science Press published in 1953 a book entitled "Ten Lepers from Naestved in Denmark. A Study of Skeletons from a Medieval Danish Leper Hospital." It tells of a Danish physician who, in spite of a large general medical practice, found time to indulge in the rare hobby of delving into medieval graves and subjecting the skeletons he found to modern anthropological tests. Dr. Möller-Christensen has spent several years on this work in the course of which he has examined about 200 skeletons in an area where an important leprosarium functioned in the Middle Ages. The church yard of this hospital is estimated to contain about 1,000 skeletons of bodies buried at some time between 1250 and 1550. The friendly cooperation of a man farming the land in this area has enabled the author to pursue his studies under exceptionally favorable conditions. Most

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